11:42 am August 12, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
August 12th, 201012:50 pm
So sorry Chipper-Our Prayers are with ya fer a speedy recovery and whatever is best for your healthy future is okay with me-Good Luck
JoJo the Godfather
Chone Figgins is the way to go…Plays multiple positions & has post season experience…Figgins, Infante, Gonzalez, Prado & Conrad covering 3B, SS & 2B…Two switch hitters and three righties.
Alaska Braves Fan
August 12th, 201012:51 pm
I’m very sad about Chipper’s injury. It seems season-ending, if not career-ending. Very bad news for him and for the Braves.
Can the Braves still win the division and succeed in the playoffs? Yes, I think they can, and folks on this blog have suggested a number of combinations that will work. A very serious event, but the Braves can get past it.
One other note: Years from now, when Chipper is in his 50’s and 60’s, the treatment he gets now still will matter. My own experience says, have the surgery and worry about whether your legs will work and not be painful later. That’s a major life concern, even though now the game seems to be paramount.
August 12th, 201012:52 pm
Chipper is….outta here
Bummer. He was hoping it wasn’t a torn ACL and so was I. Hope he gets better.
John Smoltz. It’s easier for a third baseman to get in than a pitcher or outfielder. there haven’t been very many great ones (I believe there are fewer 3b in HOF than any other position). the standards are lower. also they do factor in time lost to injury – chipper lost 2 1/2 – 3 years.
August 12th, 201012:53 pm
First off its a shame it had to happen this year when we were making a run for Bobby.
Secondly if that is an end to Chipper’s HOF career what a way to end it. One of the best defensive plays of his career. If I had to walk away from something I love more than anything, I would it’s better to be forced out making an amazing play to help my team then hang around past my time.
Finally we have a ton of options to replace chipper albeit none of them are likely to produce the same way he would. Even when he was struggling pitchers feared him and walked him more often than not. He may have had a down year but his pressence helped this lineup a TON. Without him I fear B Mac wont get the same opportunities.
As for replacing him here are the options I see.
Trade or Waiver Claim:
Wigginton, Figgins, Aramis Ramirez, Jose Lopez are all possible Waiver candidates. Each one of those players offers potential but they are all either overpaid, underperforming, old, in a contract year with a team looking for a decent return.
Prado, Conrad, Infante, Hinske, and Glaus all have experience playing 3rd base. We could stay in house shuffle those guys through to find an effective position combo.
I don’t like this plan for a couple reasons. 1) Our offense was barely sufficient with Chipper and the players know it. Not doing anything will lead to a moral drop off as well as decreased offensive production. 2) This would mean that 3 out of those 5 would be starting every game and that diminishes our bench and pinch hitting ability greatly.
The Freeman Plan:
Glaus a 3B throughout his career could make the switch across the diamond opening up a position for Freeman at 1st. This does several things.
1) Gives the club and fans something to be really excited about and increases moral.
2) Granted its only AAA but in almost a full season Freeman has put up a .305/.367/.506 Line. That is an impact bat if it translates anywhere close to that.
3) It gives us an opportunity to rest/effectively replace Glaus. We have Hinske, Conrad and Infante who can all share time at 3B with Glaus to rest him and diminish the negative effects of his slumps.
4) Plus it gives us a chance to see what we have in Freeman for next season. IE Is he a bat we can count on to contribute or do we need to sign another stop gap to give Freeman more time.
Give Freeman a shot WREN!
Aaaaa just shoot him up and keep him in the lineup.
August 12th, 201012:56 pm
I am surprised it wasnt a torn elbow muscle again.
Larry should have retired years ago or been traded.
The number of games he has missed to injury is absurd.
Never did take care of his body while collecting his millions.
the lazy way out of working out.
Get some new blood in there and lets win the prize.
It’s morale, darn it, not moral. Morale!
Ok, so is it a partial tear or full tear?
Guys, Prado goes to third and infante stays at second.
August 12th, 201012:58 pm
His defense will hurt him. Remember he spent a couple of years in the OF. I hope he gets in on the first ballot but I believe it will be the third. Maybe the second.
I hope you said that just to irritate everyone, because is so far removed from reality as to be meaningless in any other context. Also, it’s a very tasteless comment for this moment.
August 12th, 20101:00 pm
For all of those who bashed Chipper this year…you happy now.
You stupid morons need to get a life…trolls!
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Now we can finally get a real hitter in the 3 hole! Chipper’s been keeping this team down for 2 seasons now… since he went off the steroids.
Bye Larry. Shame you didn’t step up more in the playoffs over the years. You could have had more than one ring if you had. It’s a shame that you are injury prone. It’s a shame that Wren didn’t anticipate your going on the DL for and extended period. It’s not like it hasn’t happened almost every year for you.
Good luck. Enjoy your retirement. And don’t twist a knee when you get to Cooperstown on your first ballot.
August 12th, 20101:01 pm
Thanks Chipper for all you did through the years to help the Braves be successful. Losing Chipper now is much less stressful than in recent years. The drop-off between the Braves with Chipper and without Chipper is fairly negligible at this point.
I agree that Chone Figgins would be a good addition and can be had for very little. Perhaps a deal in which the Braves might be able to unload KK to Seattle is in the offing?
Regardless, Conrad, Infante, and Prado all can man 3B and there will be little difference.
Go play in the street SCOTT ANDERSON. And while you’re at it, please get hit by a car. Have some respect for the most iconic Brave in a generation – And let’s not forget, he is one of the most team-first / unselfish athletes in professional sports. I can’t believe the way some people act
iS IT TOO LATE TO ACQUIRE CHONE FIGGINS??
August 12th, 20101:02 pm
John Smoltz at 12:45pm…. sure Chipper may not have 500 homeruns or 3000 hits…but he does have one tiny little thing….the second best switch-hitting batting average of all time. His career numbers are very comparable to Mickey Mantle. Mickey hitting 100 more homeruns being the biggest disparity, although Chipper has around 150 more doubles.
I hate this news! This does not help the Braves drive for the postseason. But making the best of this situation, I see a couple of positive implications.
1. Chipper has a chance to “really” decide if he is ready to walk away. 2. Heyward moves to three hole.
3. Chippers salary is covered in part buy insurance.
4. Braves can add 3B bat with the possiblity of Chipper joining another playoff race in the middle of nest year.
5. Chipper gets his goodbye tour when he is ready.
Although this is bad for Chipper, it will be ok for the Braves. The #3 hitter needs to be batting better than .250 with 10 hrs.
lifelong braves fan
August 12th, 20101:03 pm
I haven’t read all the posts, so somebody may have mentioned this, but Hinske was a 3rd baseman for the blue jays for the 1st 3 years of his career. He could help fill in there too if diaz or melky gets hot
August 12th, 20101:04 pm
Bad news sorry to lose you Chip! You’re the best Brave since Dale Murphy. I hope you have better luck getting into HofF. I know my wife will miss watching you play . Get feeling better.
Respect to #10
August 12th, 20101:05 pm
I still have his Tops rookie card that listed him as a SS. Junk way to end a season and even worse way to end a career. Chipper will always be the man. Respect from Hawaii.
August 12th, 20101:06 pm
Frank Wren awaits by the phone with hands on ankles…..
Close the book on him at least he’s out of his misery. When a horse throws a shoe you shoot the horse. He’s too old to come back from this type of injury, you have seen the last of Flipper.
August 12th, 20101:07 pm
Mickey Mantle, 20X all star selections 7X World series champ, 3X MVP, gold glove
Prado to third, Infante stays at second, call up Freddie and start him at first for a shot in the arm to boost playoff run. Glaus RH pinch hitter and bring Booby his coffee.
August 12th, 20101:08 pm
This is sad to see. But I think it will give Conrad the opportunity to prove himself while Chipper is out. I think Conrad can and will mature at that position as time goes on. Hopefully, Chipper will stay one more year, then make his consideration.
Marc in FL
I hate it for Chipper and the team cause he was really hitting the ball well.
Having said that we need to continue to compete this year – I’d like to get Figgens from the Mariners, move Prado to 2nd in the order when he comes back, Hewyard to 3rd, and put Figgens leading off. He’s had a good bat since breaking out of his early season slump.
August 12th, 20101:09 pm
Anyone who suggests Glaus move to third has obviously not watched one minute of the Braves this season when they are in the field on defense. Dude is a friggin statue with no mobility or balance. Third??? Yeah, that will work.
August 12th, 20101:10 pm
Did we all forget that Glaus played 3rd base for, yeah most of his entire career. There are so many options for this team right now.
1) Prado at 3rd Infante at 2nd
2) Glaus at 3rd Hinski at 1st Prado at 2nd
3) Freddie at 1st?
August 12th, 20101:11 pm
Now I can bat in the 3 hole, where I belong!!!!!
Sorry for Chipper.
About Freeman, a pennant race is not the time to bring in a rookie. We have to go to the waiver wire.
have the gods forsaken me?
August 12th, 20101:12 pm
Bobby Cox…I am sorry for Chipper…..tough tough break. Hall of famer no doubt.
But for the fans though….please play Prado and Infante 1-2 in the lineup from here on out….its our only chance.
August 12th, 20101:13 pm
From MLB Trade Rumors.com
Aramis Ramirez, Pedro Feliz, Wes Helms, Adam Kennedy, Jose Lopez, Brandon Inge, Jhonny Peralta, Ty Wigginton, Edwin Encarnacion and Willie Bloomquist are among the third basemen who could clear waivers this month. The Mariners tried to engage the Braves on Chone Figgins last month, so perhaps Jack Zduriencik will call Frank Wren to see if the Braves are interested now.
August 12th, 20101:14 pm
Terrible news. I suggest the Braves do this:
Move Gonzalez to 3b, his glove/range isn’t quite right for SS, but he has a strong bat, and adequate arm.
Move Infante to SS, bring Prado back to 2b, and rotate FF into the 1b mix with Glaus/Hinske. May work out fine. The biggest loss will be the missing presence of the legend.
Think we could get Chipper to play 1st?
August 12th, 20101:15 pm
if no moves are made, the best option is Infante sticking at 2nd and Prado moving to 3rd. Prado’s better over there than Infante, and Omar is more than servicable at 2nd base
Terrible news. I had to double-check it in case there was a DOB’s typo. No typo… I even thought about asking my family to check it for me, in case I had gotten insane… I’m not insane.
I’m hoping for a miracle here. Get well soon, Chipper, WE NEED YOU! (And, please, comeback next season!)
HOPEFULLY WHEN CAN GET OVER THIS AND KEEP 1ST PLACE WE WILL BE OK!!! CO BRAVES
August 12th, 2010
… wow… the Hall of Famer gave it all and then some on that play.. only Chipper knows what is best for him right now, but we should all be thankful for what Chipper has done for the Braves and major league baseball…
E X A C T LY!!!!!!
I am devastated. I held on to the belief that he was just slightly injured. I didn’t want to think this and I couldn’t bring myself to do anything but hope. Ah man, Ahhhh! Let me go so I can compose myself.
August 12th, 20101:16 pm
It is the anterior cruciate ligament not the anterior crucical ligament. Probably doesn’t matter to Chipper what you call it but your readers might want to be informed correctly.
Figgins? no, we do not need another .260 hitter who can’t hit homeruns
Mark's for the Braves
August 12th, 20101:17 pm
Galus to third, Freeman to first base.
So sad, Chipper. You were in a groove. Good luck with your surgery.
here is a bit of a different thought on all of this…what does this say about the Brave’s trainer and his abilities…, he said after the initial exam that it “wasn’t an ACL issue ” because it was structurally sound…???
Mr. West Philly
Wow that sucks! Did not want to see Chipper go out this way, what a great player and a great career! Look on the bright side Braves fans, the Phillies are going to past you in the next week or so anyway, sooooo….
Brooks Conrad and a pitcher to Arizona for Mark Reynolds. It’s Bobby’s last year! Who’s with me?
August 12th, 20101:18 pm
Porter has been with the Braves forever. Never heard a bad thing about him.
August 12th, 20101:19 pm
next person that says “GLAUS TO 3rd” should be banned from the site and have the sh*t beat out of them
This wuss gets hurt 10 times a year. The Braves will make the playoffs and WS without him. It’s not like he’s having a stellar year. Wimp.
August 12th, 20101:21 pm
All we should say is, thank you Chipper Jones. The greatest Atlanta Brave of all-time. How weird, bookend .265 averages to begin and end his career. How many players can you think of that made arguable their greatest play in their career during their last game. Also, how many players can you think of were swinging such a potent bat at the end? I know he struggled this year, but we’ll never know how much the injuries took a toll on him. A great player, a guy we were lucky to have since he was drafted 20 years ago. Greatest Atlanta Brave of all-time.
The Philthies can breathe a little easier now…
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August 12th, 20101:22 pm
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With this maybe being his last season, would be great to see him in the lineup. The way he was playing, he can’t be replaced.
ok, this officially sucks. I do however, expect to see him back next year, though. I wonder if we might switch Glaus back to 3B and bring Freddie Freeman up to finish the year with us at 1B.
get well soon Chipper. good luck.
August 12th, 20101:23 pm
Prado is the best third baseman in the organization. Prado to third and leave Infante at second. Bring up Freddie Freeman. Thanks Chipper.
All I'm Saying Is...
WIN ONE FOR THE CHIPPER!!!!
LET’S GO BRAVES!
August 12th, 20101:24 pm
Feel real bad about Chipper. At least he went out swinging a hot bat and making a terrific defensive play.
By the way, there is little chance Glaus moves to third. The guy can barely walk let alone play well defensively at third when he hasn’t played there all year. The Braves will probably try to make a trade of some sort but if that doesn’t happen it will be some combination of Infante, Prado, and Conrad.
F-bomb, F-bomb, F-bomb.
August 12th, 20101:25 pm
Prado now that he has played second for half a season is now a very good defensive second baseman so we owe it to him to leave him alone. We still have many other options for third none of which are Conrad on a every day situation.
After watching Ankiel I hate to say it but he does not seem to have a good enough bat to help us full time. He does not seem to any better than McLouth with the bat but he sure has a much better arm. I think we have a very poor outfield and now that we do not have Chipper’s bat in the lineup we are in trouble with what we have on the current roster.
From what I’ve seen lately Chipper was swinging the bat great from the left side but not from the right side. If FF could come up and hit like he is now doing at Gwinnet that might be the spark we need to win the East Division.
Been said before, but Glaus to 3rd(if he starts hitting) platooned with Conrad; Prado to first along with bringing up Freddie Freeman, and Infante to 2nd. That is pretty good.
Get better, Chipper!!
August 12th, 20101:26 pm
Ty Wigginton was put on waivers. Claim & trade?
Gwinnett Braves Bible.com
August 12th, 20101:27 pm
Anyone, and I mean AMYONE who comes on here and suggests that Glaus can play third either:
1. Hasnt watched a braves game over the last month and a half
2. Is Blind, like Stevie Wonder blind.
Glaus has bad knees and feet right now. Glaus can’t play well at first base currently, SO WHY WHY WHY would anyone think he can play third.
He cna’t move, and he cna’t play third( or first for that matter ).
Prado will play third (when he comes off the DL hopefully this weekend) and Infante will play second.
Please, enough with the Glaus to third talk, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
Glaus should be put on the DL and bring Freeman up now.
August 12th, 20101:29 pm
Every time someone says that we should move Glaus to 3rd, I feel a little rage. Am I alone on this???
2 names clearing waivers to consider at 3rd base
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August 12th, 20101:30 pm
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August 12th, 20101:31 pm
Aramis Ramirez would be a perfect fit, a right handed power bat that is a free agent at the end of the season
August 12th, 20101:32 pm
All this said, we have to move Prado to #3 and let Infante keep at lead off. In theory, Infante has been more of a threat than Chipper this year, but that is only in theory. Healthy Chipper is much better.
Not the end of the world, but not good news either.
August 12th, 20101:33 pm
Bad News! Sorry Chipper. Get the second opinion before you commit to surgery. If surgery is still in the picture, get it done and come back ASAP!. In the meantime, Infonte can fill in for you. Thanks Chipper for a great year so far.
Chipper, you’re the man! What a great career! We’ll miss you. Hope to see you in the dugout and around the team if possible. Thanks
August 12th, 20101:34 pm
Oh and you will see Prado at 3rd. End of story.
curley, moe & larry
I’d put TP at 3rd before Glaus.
August 12th, 20101:35 pm
Dear Coach Smith,
Figgans will not help us, he is done and now a poor man’s Gregor Blanco.
Rameriaz is interesting, maybe a “change of scenery” will help, like Francour last year. But I still think Wigginton is a better bet.
I know it is a little bit of a pipe dream, but no one is untouchable in Arizona, I keep thinking Mark Reynolds.
August 12th, 20101:36 pm
Losing Chipper is the best thing that has happended to this team. He was done three years ago.
August 12th, 20101:38 pm
Anybody know if David Ross can play 1st base? That would free up Glaus for a move back to his original position at 3rd.
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August 12th, 20101:39 pm
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sad to hear and sad to think that he’s HOF career may come to an end thanks to a torn ACL. Thanks Chipper for everything you did for the Braves if you do retire. Move Glaus over to 3rd, Brooks isnt an everyday player, and call up Mr. Freeman
Short time fix. Glaus to third and Freeman called up to play first base!
August 12th, 20101:40 pm
damn it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you have to come one mpre season please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
All of you guys who keep thinking that Prado is going to third are off base.
If we handle this from the current roster, you will see a lot of Conrad & Infante at third.
Glaus will be given some rest when the rosters expand and hopefully get his health and swing together while splitting time with Freeman and Ski.
Has anybody ever started and ended their career w/ a torn ACL…while having a Hall of Fame career in between?
What about hunting season? Doesn’t this mess up his hunting? Buckmaster will miss him.
August 12th, 20101:41 pm
this is a tough loss. worst case senerio. but we will make a deal or do something to get this straight. we can still make a trade, and or put prado over there. as for chipper, i think he will be relegated to having surgery, and rehabbing. this guy will not want to end his career like this. you will see a reguvinated chipper in spring training 2011. the braves will figure out what to do, and we will hang on hopefully. go braves!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry GA Gator I didn’t read your post first! Good idea!
August 12th, 20101:42 pm
Braves: ” no knee jerk reactions “
August 12th, 20101:43 pm
3 years ago Chipper hit .337 w/ 29 HR and 102 RBI.
2 years ago he hit .364 w/22 HR and 75 RBI.
But, you’re right he was “done” 3 years ago. Get a clue!!!
If you think that Prado ISN’T going to third base, you are off base.
Bobby has already said that he thinks that Prado is a better third baseman than second baseman, so you do the math.
Prado will be at third, Infante at second
August 12th, 20101:44 pm
Did i REALLY just read a comment suggesting moving Prado to 1st and Glaus to 3rd…..which ended with “THAT SOUNDS GOOD”?
That is the single worst and dumbest thing i have read on this blog since i started paying attention to it a few years ago.
Let’s take a guy who can’t even field groundballs at first, run out a single or even jog to the dugout after an inning and move him to third, while we take a GOOD defensive infielder and move him to first.
DOB needs to use that BLOCK button a lot more often than he does
August 12th, 20101:46 pm
I agree with you 100%
August 12th, 20101:47 pm
Glausaurs can’t play 1st base how is he going to play 3rd, get a grip people.
Amen, Chip Fan.
Scott Anderson – ASS.
Bye Larry – ASS.
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August 12th, 20101:49 pm
Its ceratinly not good news, but its not nearly as bad as it would have been during Chipper’s prime when he was largely carrying the team. Leave Infante at second, put Prado at third, pick up or trade for another experienced infielder for the bench, and keep on trucking.
August 12th, 20101:51 pm
Jim H. for GM
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